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Ryanair has announced it will no longer have a commercial base at London Southend Airport from November 1.
It is not yet known whether flights booked for the winter season will be cancelled or fly out from a different airport.
The airline faced concerns last year after it cut a percentage of its flights abroad, likely due to the pandemic.
They have been a ‘budget airline’ for Southend-on-Sea since April 2019 – creating 750 jobs at the time – competing against easyJet, who also pulled out of the airport last year during the height of Covid-19.
Esken Ltd, who run the airport, have attributed Ryanair’s decision to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
A statement from Esken said: “Esken, the aviation and energy infrastructure group, has today been informed that Ryanair has stated its intention to close its base at London Southend Airport with effect from the start of the winter season this year.
“As a result, Ryanair will cease operations based from London Southend Airport from November 1.”
“Ryanair signed a five-year agreement to base three aircraft at London Southend Airport in 2018 and commenced operations 1st April 2019.
“However, Ryanair’s performance at London Southend Airport has been further affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and has now resulted in this decision.
“Esken is currently in the process of reviewing the impact of such decision on its forecasts.
“However, the financial impact of Ryanair’s base closure will be mitigated by a reduction in costs directly associated with serving Ryanair’s base and the low level of passengers expected during the winter season.
“Esken will provide a further update as soon as it is able.”
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